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8 Day Explore Rwanda Safari

8 Day Explore Rwanda Safari

We can organize a fully à la carte trip for you, according to your wishes and budget. The route is studied according to your wishes and guided by a French-speaking guide.

This trip will make you discover the unique landscapes of the country of a thousand hills, the Nyungwe forest, Lake Kivu and its thousands of islands, the majestic chain of Virunga volcanoes. The meeting with mountain gorillas will be the highlight of your trip to Rwanda.

Day 1: Kigali

Arrival in Kigali. Reception at the airport and installation at your hotel.

Dinner and overnight at Flame Tree Village .

Day 2: Kigali – Butare – Nyungwe

After breakfast, you will leave for Huye (Butare), the second largest city in the country. Housing the National Museum and several academic and scientific institutions, Huye (Butare) is considered the intellectual center of Rwanda. On the way, you can stop in Nyanza to visit the old palace of Mwami. You will visit the National Museum, considered to be the most beautiful ethnographic museum in East Africa. At the end of this visit, you will attend a demonstration of traditional dances spectacularly performed by the Intore dancer troupe from Urugangazi. After lunch, you will leave Butare to reach the Nyungwe Forest National Park. On the way visit of Huye’s artisanal tin foundry.

Dinner and overnight at Emerald Kivu Resort .

Day 3: Nyungwe Forest

After a very early breakfast, departure for your trekking in search of chimpanzees. The duration of the hikes is quite variable since the primate clan constantly moves in search of food. Expect to have to do some more strenuous physical effort! In the afternoon, you can continue your exploration. There are several possibilities for very beautiful circuits and the superb Gisakura falls are probably the most fascinating destination. This hike lasts 2 to 3 hours, it is very pleasant and accessible to all audiences! Nyungwe Forest is the largest high altitude rain forest in East Africa! The large social groups of Angolan colobus, which can exceed 300 individuals, are of particular interest.

Dinner and overnight at Emerald Kivu Resort .

Day 4: Nyungwe Forest – Kibuye

After a breakfast, you will leave Nyungwe to join Kibuye. You will cross the large green expanses of tea plantations before embarking on the exploration of the shores of Lake Kivu. Kibuye is the most beautiful of the three cities erected on Lake Kivu. Your arrival in Kibuye is scheduled for noon. After having engaged in physical activities in Nyungwe, most of the participants will welcome with joy a good moment of relaxation on the shores of Lake Kivu! You can also take a walk and visit this splendid site. Good to know: no risk of contracting schistosomiasis in Lake Kivu!

Dinner and overnight at Cormoran Lodge .

Day 5: Kibuye – Gisenyi

After breakfast at the Lodge, departure by boat on Lake Kivu towards Gisenyi. You will see the daily life of the population in the countryside as it has been lived for centuries. You will see people at work – growing bananas, cassava, sorghum, beans, rice, potatoes, coffee. This section offers you panoramic views along Lake Kivu. Lunch upon arrival in Gisenyi. Relaxing afternoon on the shores of Lake Kivu.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu Serena Lodge .

Day 6: Gisenyi – volcano park (Rwanda) or Bwindi (Uganda)

Breakfast at the Lodge. Relaxing morning by the lake Kivu. After lunch, departure towards Gisenyi and installation at your Lodge.

Dinner and overnight at the Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel or Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge .

Day 7: Gorilla trekking

After a good breakfast, you will go to the entrance of the Volcanoes National Park or the park guides will give you all the information for your trekking in search of the last mountain gorillas. You will then enter the gorilla sanctuary. The moments spent with these last mountain lords will be the highlight of your trip and will forever be remembered as a unique and fabulous experience. A good physical condition is necessary because the trekking of the gorillas is somewhat unpredictable. Back to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, if the schedules allow it, discover the lakes of this magnificent region: the Bulera and Ruhondo lakes. Depending on weather conditions, you may benefit from

Dinner and overnight at the Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel or Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge .

Day 8: Volcanoes National Park

Breakfast at the hotel. Optional activity possible at the volcano park (second gorilla trekking, ascent of the Bisoke volcano, visit of Diane Fossey’s tomb and Karisoke research center, excursion in search of golden monkeys). Depending on your flight schedules, departure to Kigali. Several stops are planned along the way, so that you can admire the landscape. Rwanda is the country of a thousand hills! Upon arrival in Kigali, visit the genocide memorial, then transfer to Kigali airport for your return flight to Europe.

The price includes

  • Airport / hotel / airport transfers.
  • One night in Kigali at the Flame Tree Village with half board.
  • The circuit in Rwanda or Rwanda / Uganda 7 days / 6 nights as described in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Lodges with full board as described in the itinerary.
  • Mineral water.
  • The Land Cruiser 4×4 vehicle.
  • The French speaking driver guide.
  • Visit of Kigali and the genocide memorial.
  • Visit the national museum of Huye.
  • Intore dancers show.
  • Chimpanzee trek in the Nyungwe forest.
  • Entrance fees to the parks.
  • 1 gorilla permit per person subject to availability at time of booking.
  • Unlimited mineral water.

The price does not include

  • International flights, airport taxes.
  • Expenses of a personal nature.
  • The drinks.
  • Tips.
  • Visa fees.
  • Repatriation insurance.

Notes

  • Gorilla permits must be paid upon booking and are non-refundable (Rwanda: € 1,400 / permit – Uganda: € 650).
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